Councils throughout Wannon have the chance to get local bridges in poor condition fixed with the help of direct funding from the Federal Government.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said a new round of funding under the $360 million Bridges Renewal Programme would open tomorrow March 17, 2017.

“This is a great opportunity for state, territory and local governments to apply for funding to have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the cost met by the Australian Government. This will be the third round of funding under the programme, which is continuing to keep communities connected and local industries profitable,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our councils can get on board by nominating local bridges that need upgrading or replacement. Residents who might like to put forward their ideas should get in touch with their Council to find out about any plans they have to nominate local bridges, or put forward suggestions,” he said.

“Better bridges improve safety and access for communities and keep businesses and the road freight sector powering on – delivering dollars into the pockets of local businesses and supporting jobs.

“By working together with governments at all levels – particularly local Councils which often need a hand to get big-ticket projects underway – we are upgrading and repairing bridges in all corners of the country.

“We’ve already seen serious dollars put into fixing bridges in the region, with four upgrade projects getting support under Round Two of the programme.

“Since Bridges Renewal started in 2014-15, around $211 million has been invested in 204 projects across the nation. That’s why it is such popular programme – it helps Councils tackle big-ticket upgrades they might not otherwise be able to take on.

“State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Australian Government funding per project – that’s a significant sum of money for any organisation.”

Nominated projects will go through a competitive merit-based selection process, with successful applicants eligible to receive up to 50 percent of project costs, or $5 million.

Proponents should discuss priorities with their local communities, industry stakeholders, Regional Development Australia committees and relevant government road agencies early in the process of compiling their proposals.

Round Three is open for applications until 15 May 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are now available on the Bridges Renewal Programme website at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges

 Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232

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